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Witchcraft could empower women: Wiccan priestess - gulfnews.com

Witchcraft could empower women: Wiccan priestess
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In 2006, Chakraverti launched the Wiccan Brigade as a platform for those interested in studying Wicca and using the branch of knowledge to holistic effect.

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Woden's Wandering Witch: Living Liminally: Druidic Wands and ...

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It's fairly well established that the wand was an important tool used by the Druids in general, and Celtic magic users as well. John Tolland, in his "A Critical ...

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Agrimony « The Druid's Well

Agrimony « The Druid's Well | Cats and broomsticks | Scoop.it
The plant is found abundantly throughout England, on hedge-banks and the sides of fields, in dry thickets and on all waste places. In Scotland it is much more local and does not penetrate very far northward.

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Laurie Cabot, Salem, MA (1991) On Witchcraft

In 1991 Salem's "Official Witch" Laurie Cabot gave an interview for the documentary "Witch City" (http://www.artsgloucester.com/witchcity ). In this deleted ...
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Police respond to accusations of witchcraft causing danger to child

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MOSES LAKE – Police helped solve a custody dispute that revolved around the mother’s boyfriend practicing witchcraft.
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Crow Haven Cottage: The Importance of the Solitary Path of Witchcraft

Crow Haven Cottage: The Importance of the Solitary Path of Witchcraft | Cats and broomsticks | Scoop.it
The Importance of the Solitary Path of Witchcraft. I feel that all those who aspire to become Witches need to learn and study on their own before seeking out the companionship of a group, grove or coven.

 

The truth is this… A real Witch longs for her own personal truth with all of her heart and soul, and feels a palpable response from within as to the correctness of the information she hears or reads for her and her alone.

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How to Start an Indoor Herb Garden

How to Start an Indoor Herb Garden | Cats and broomsticks | Scoop.it
Don't let limited space or experience prevent you from gardening. Growing herbs indoors is a convenient and affordable way to add more flavor to your meals.
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PDF OCCULT BOOK SOURCE

THOUSANDS of FREE occult books. It's an online "library." So, yeah.. This is the best resource I have ever seen online.. Thousands of books. I use this site a lot. It's from the Czech Republic. If you scroll down on the site.. You see all the categories of books on left. Really cool.

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missmychem's curator insight, May 19, 2015 9:57 AM

I. Am. In. Heaven.

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we can all use a good read

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Teenager Caged for 30 months over Alleged Witchcraft Regains Freedom - Nigerian Bulletin

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Teenager Caged for 30 months over Alleged Witchcraft Regains Freedom
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A 16-year old girl who was locked up by her parents in a wooden cage for over 30 months on allegation of witchcraft has been rescued in Bayelsa State.
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Dark Celtic Music - Spirit Rituals And Beautiful Spiritual Mix

Search here; http://www.last.fm/ Visit iTunes for more http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ Celtic Ambient/Folk music, unlike other forms of "background mus...
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Coming Out of the Broom Closet

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Christine Deckert Zimmerman's curator insight, May 18, 2013 7:31 PM

By Hoi Sum

 

Coming Out of the Broom Closet

(Very slowly and one foot at a time)


If there is one thing the Pagan community has in common with the GLBT community it is being stuck in “the closet.” It still amazes me how many Pagans I meet who are struggling with coming out about their Paganism and witchcraft practices. I know their pain all too well. I am still in the broom closet with my immediate family. My family is super Conservative Christian and they have made it clear that if I even show an interest in Wicca or anything like “that” I will be disowned. It is extremely painful to hear your parents say that. I am still struggling with whether or not to come out to them. On one hand I want to be completely honest with them, to be true to myself and to be proud of my beliefs. On the other hand though, I do not know if I am ready to be completely cut off from my entire family. I already lost all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins when I married my non-Christian husband. My mother, father, and brother are all I have left on my side of the family. It is definitely a tough decision and one I stress about all the time. I feel like I am betraying myself and my Deities every time I hide my altar tools when my parents come to visit. For now that is what I choose to do though, even if it causes me pain, but I know that someday I will not have to do that. Someday I will be completely out of the broom closet!  I do not know when that day will be, but I do know that at least it is my choice when that day will be.

 

When coming out of the broom closet it is important to remember that every person’s circumstances are unique. What worked for one person may not work for another person. Every Pagan has to come out of the broom closet at their own pace, in their own way, and in their own time! I may not be completely out of the broom closet yet, but I have learned some good tips along the way.

 

Tip number one: never be completely one hundred percent in your broom closet and never be alone in there. Humans are social animals we need to feel loved and accepted. If you are not able to come out to your friends or family, at least find one person you can share your Pagan beliefs with. The internet has become a great resource for many Pagans. Find a Pagan online friend, set up a secret Pagan blog, or have an openly Pagan social network account (like Facebook) under a false name. Bottom line you need to have at least one Pagan shoulder to cry on, so to speak.

 

Tip number two: if you cannot come out to your family find someone (or somewhere) that you can come out to in person. While online Pagan friends are a great resource there is just something freeing about telling someone in person that you are Pagan. Find a local meetup group that is Pagan friendly, come out to your co-workers, tell your yoga instructor, or tell the random cashier the next time you are paying at a store.  It does not matter necessarily who you tell the point is to just tell someone. Think of it as practice. Practice coming out of the broom closet to strangers and someday when you come out to your family it will be much easier.

I can tell you from personal experience that all of these tips and ideas do work. I am still in the broom closet with my parents, but that does not mean I am in the closet with everyone else. My husband and his entire family know I am a practicing Pagan and witch. I am completely out of the closet at my work as well, in fact, I am an ambassador for the Pagan community at my job. I am in charge of running the Pagan booth and events on our diversity days at work. It is really fun and such a nice feeling to know I am making a difference for my Pagan community, even if my parents do not know what I am up to. I am an avid Pagan blogger, writer, and have a whole support system of Pagan friends online and in my local community. I may be in the broom closet still, but I am definitely not lonely in there! I am slowly making my way out of my broom closet, even if it is only one foot at a time!


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Flame Meditation, Cleansing and Protection - SpeakingTree (blog)

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Flame Meditation, Cleansing and Protection
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This meditation that I have written about is very useful for clearing and protecting the aura and also healing the physical body.
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Farmers' Almanac Gardening Calendar

Farmers' Almanac Gardening Calendar | Cats and broomsticks | Scoop.it
A calendar of best days to garden and do other yard chores according to the Farmers' Almanac's 200-year-old formula. (RT @FarmersAlmanac: Gardening by the Moon for January 7 - Plant carrots, turnips, onions, beets, Irish potatoes,...

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Lunar calendar 2013

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Lunar calendar for 2013 with dates and exact times of the moon phases. Daily moon position in the zodiac. (Lunar calendar 2013 http://t.co/hkZvV1ne)

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Irish Pagan Culture: Witchcraft, Wicca, Druidry

This presentation was given for University College Cork's Doctoral Showcase 2011. It is a synopsis of an ethnographic research project on Irish Pagan culture...
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Woman suffers torture for 4 years for witchcraft - Himalayan Times

Woman suffers torture for 4 years for witchcraftHimalayan TimesGAUSHALA: Relatives of a woman of Padaul VDC in Mahottari district have been torturing her for the past four years on the charge of practicing witchcraft.
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Do you think I am a witch? | Wicca Witchcraft Religion Answers - Ask ...

Do you think I am a witch? | Wicca Witchcraft Religion Answers - Ask ... | Cats and broomsticks | Scoop.it
do you think im a witch and what kind of powers do i have my name is betty. Merry Meet Seeker, Of course Betty, I believe that you are a witch just as all of us who are born on Earth. A witch is just a human being who has ...
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The Real History Of Witchcraft | Cyber Cauldron

Witches believe that the energy of the God and Goddess is contained in all things, including themselves. This creates a strong belief in nature and most witches consider themselves people of the earth.
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Calendar of the Moon for January 4th

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Calendar of the Moon Beth/Poseideion II Birch Tree Moon Color: White Element: Air Altar: Upon cloth of white set the budded birch branches, a single white candle, the rune Berkana carved onto a pie...

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2 Card 2 Question Tarot Reading - Wiccan Tarot Readings - PsychicMoon

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2 Card 2 Question Tarot Reading via email or messages ..
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the daily zen: Your Spiritual Immune System

the daily zen: Your Spiritual Immune System | Cats and broomsticks | Scoop.it
Learning to strengthen your uniqueness while respecting others' quests to do the same.
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10 Scientific Ways To Become Happier :)

10 Scientific Ways To Become Happier :) | Cats and broomsticks | Scoop.it

 

The bottom line is, being happier will not only help you to be more productive during the day, but it can also help you to live a longer life. It’s one of the fundamental cornerstones of being fulfilled during the short time we spend her on earth. Hopefully this chart will put a smile on your face and a pep in your step.

 


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173 Sud's curator insight, November 16, 2013 9:51 AM

 

 If you want some scientifically proven ways to activate happiness in your body, see this chart.

Sunridge Medical's curator insight, January 8, 2014 1:06 AM

5 (Free) Things You Gain from Smiling More:

a.You become more attractive instantly

b. You become more approachable

c. Your requests are more often met when you ask with a smile.

d. Your smile is contagious and everyone around you is now smiling

e.  You FEEL HAPPIER!

 

and 1 Bonus:  You attract happy, like minded people

Butoh's curator insight, January 12, 2014 3:55 PM

WHAT?!! You mean "Make a bunch of money" + "Work my butt off for the man" are not on the list??!  :-) 

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The Great Rite and Sexuality in Wicca - Vještičji ormar (The Broom ...

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What role does sexuality play in Wicca and how is this manifested? What are the differences between our view of fertility and that of our ancestors?

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